Wednesday, May 18

Bartender rages after Støre’s “meter break”: – Ridiculous

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) failed to comply with the meter for other guests when he visited a bar in Tromsø on Wednesday. It makes the nightlife industry react.

Frida Andersen is a bartender at Blå in Oslo. She reacts both to Støre’s breach of the meter


– Is not it just completely ridiculous? asks Frida Andersen, bartender and operations assistant at the nightclub Blå in Oslo.

During Tuesday’s press conference, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre asked everyone to adhere to the meter and use common sense. The day after he broke the meter himself when he was at a bar with party colleagues in Tromsø.

– That in some contexts you lean over a table to say something, I think it happens. We do not walk with a meter of scaffolding around us, Støre told VG on Thursday.

Bartender Frida Andersen reacts both to Støre’s meter break and to the meter requirement itself.

– The rules are such that it is the patio itself that must make it easier for people to hold a meter, which cuts capacity and turnover in two – but the guests will sit closer to each other anyway, even the prime minister, she says.

– Symbolic politics

Andersen believes that the nightlife industry must again take the bill because the meter rule often requires that they must have extra employees at work to ensure that guests comply with the rules.

– This is a symbolic policy with a symbol I do not understand, says Andersen.

Andersen believes that the only losers in this are the nightlife industry.

– It is obvious that the government has been a little hard of hearing through all the meters with class division. Time for them to change the name of the party, she says.

Støre met Labor members in Tromsø on Wednesday night.

Støre did not follow the “meter” at the bar: – Does not walk with a meter of scaffolding around us

Hoping for the abolition of the meter

Noho manager Karl-Henning Svendsen, who runs several of Oslo’s largest nightclubs, including Kulturhuset, Prindsens Hage and Oslo Camping, is not as sharp in tone.

– It is cool to see Støre experience how difficult it is to maintain the meter, he says.

– And it’s nice to see him have a beer. Then we can only hope that he lifts the meter soon, says Svendsen.

Nightlife manager Karl-Henning Svendsen hopes the government will soon abolish the meter.

He thinks the requirement that the nightclubs should be held responsible for the guests keeping a meter between them, is silly.

– No one in the industry understands how we should maintain the meter. I hope they remove it quickly, because it is a rule that is difficult to keep, as it appears here. Both for us and for the guests, says Svendsen.

Believes the individual must take responsibility

Jan Olof Andersson, assistant general manager at Lorry in Oslo, reacts to the photos that show how Støre is unable to comply with the meter.

– I can not help but think that it is fun. But I also think about whether it hits the bar it happens in, that they get a dot for the prime minister not holding the meter, he says.

Andersson believes that the responsibility for holding a meter should lie with the individual, and not with the restaurant and bar.

Assistant general manager Jan Olof Andersson inside Lorry. Here there is usually room for around 130 people.

– It should be a personal responsibility. Of course, the restaurant must facilitate the availability of space. But running to make sure no one is sitting close to each other at all times is complicated and difficult. But it is easy to make sure that there is room and not too many people, he says.

– Do you get frustrated or annoyed that one of those who has decided that the meter should be kept on, can not follow it?

– It is at least a very clear example that it is not so easy, and a clear example that you make it difficult for the nightlife industry, Andersson says.

The meter must be removed

– Provocative

Manager Tommy Olsen Nærland at the bowling bar Lucky Bowl in Sandnes has taken to Twitter and is reacting to Støre’s behavior.

– When I see that he does not follow the rule, it is incredibly provocative, he says.

At the Lucky Bowl in Sandnes, there is usually room for 50 people, but due to the meter rule, only 25 guests can be accommodated.

– What do you want to say to Støre now?

– He must be able to comply with his own rules. He’s the top boss, and we’ll follow his rules. But if he does not follow them, why should we?

– The meter must be lifted today. Just get it started. This goes beyond the turnover and we need what we can get now after these years, says Nærland.

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